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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    That's OK. Horseman just announced their 6x17 camera which looks fantastic; probably has a steep price. Unfortunately, now that Schneider no longer imports Horsemand products, I'm not sure where to get it - in the US. I've seen it on the Robert White website, without a price, as yet.
    The price is now on the site and its about 6k.

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    Canham 5x7 Camera with 6x17 back. That gives you 4x5, 5x7 and 6x17 with 1 camera plus full movements.

    I got rid of my Linhof 6x17 camera for the canham. Best move I ever made. Also remember that not only is the 617 camera expensive but you also have to buy their lenses and with the linhof you are talking $4-$5K per lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcallow
    The price is now on the site and its about 6k.
    Oh.. that is stiff. Not unrealistic, but stiff. Perhaps, next year. I just ordered a 6x12 back for my Toyo, which should be here next week; that will have to do for now.

    Right now, the quality of the Chinese products isn't up to a point that makes me comfortable.
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    Please consider our Fotoman 617 camera. You can mount virtually any LF lens, it is very well made and reasonably priced. Regarding some previous comments... 1. while red-window manual film winding has the negatives of a non-removeable back and inability to use 220 film, it has the distinct advantages of accurate film spacing and in the case of the Fotoman, the ability of counter-rotating the film winding spindles to assure the ultimate in film flatness. 2. A GG option is a very valuable addition for accurate pre-visualization of the image (composition, focus and DOF)... no different than in LF. Even if it can only be used prior to film loading... if you bracket exposures, that use 3 of the 4 frames available. If you don't bracket, you can shoot the 3 remaining frames using the Viewfinder for composing. 3. Having a Shift function is also quite valuable... without it your horizon must be placed in the center of the frame to avoid keystoning. For example shooting from a canyon rim, deep valleys and obviously when shooting archetecture. (plug)... Fotoman is about to introduce a shift plate for all of our pano cameras (612, 617, 624) that allows +/- 30mm of shift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotoman
    (plug)... Fotoman is about to introduce a shift plate for all of our pano cameras (612, 617, 624) that allows +/- 30mm of shift.
    Will this actually be a shift plate or a bellows focusing attachment? Either way I'm looking forward to buying one for my Fotoman 617.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    That's OK. Horseman just announced their 6x17 camera which looks fantastic; probably has a steep price. Unfortunately, now that Schneider no longer imports Horsemand products, I'm not sure where to get it - in the US. I've seen it on the Robert White website, without a price, as yet.
    I think they basicly switched from Schneider to Rollei. So I would imagine whoever imports Rollei would be able to help.

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    Build your own 6X17 range finder camera

    At Stockholmviews.com
    You can find an article about building a 6x17 camera.
    You can also find interesting information from the link collection at the same address.

    Regards/ Stefan


    http://www.stockholmviews.com/diyphotogear/index.html

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    Here is a page I wrote on the Fuji G617

    http://members.aol.com/dcolucci/617.htm

    Good luck
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    Shen Hao is selling a new 617 back. It fits 5x7 cameras so I'm assuming it avoids the limitations of the 4x5 version. It's also cheaper. I can't tell from the pictures if it uses a ruby window or not.

    http://www.badgergraphic.com/store/c..._detail&p=1922

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    Yes, that shouldn't have the vignetting issues of the 4x5/617 backs. It looks like it has a window with a shutter. The number series for 617 appears below the window. It may not have a ruby covering. Some of the shuttered windows are open, with foam around them to prevent light leaks.
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